Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (525421)

  • Cal State University (CSU) Humboldt
  • Arcata, California
  • Mar 08, 2023
Full Time Administration and Management

Job Description


Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

Job #525421
Open Until Filled

First Review Date: March 24, 2023

At Cal Poly Humboldt, bold hearts and open minds shape the future.

Founded in 1913, Cal Poly Humboldt began as a small college for teachers. Today Humboldt has grown into a comprehensive university with rigorous science and liberal arts programs. Designated a polytechnic in 2022, Cal Poly Humboldt provides hands-on, impactful educational opportunities that lead to meaningful, measurable outcomes for the individual, for the state, and the world.

Cal Poly Humboldt is proud to have nearly 6,000 students of all backgrounds spread across 61 majors, 13 graduate programs, and 4 credential programs - all of whom contribute passion and creativity within their fields and set the stage for a future grounded in equity and sustainability. Hands-on learning, inspired teaching, ground-breaking research, and thought-provoking creative activity happen daily at Humboldt.

Cal Poly Humboldt is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that strives to foster an inclusive and equitable community to support our students of diverse backgrounds. We are committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state.

Finding a better future is a task for the bold and open, the down-to-earth and visionary. Cal Poly Humboldt strives to cultivate these qualities in leaders, innovators, and scholars in every field.

(Job #) Administrator III, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Salary Range $6,250 - 20,063 monthly. Anticipated Salary is: $183,000 annually, with expected criteria of experiences and credentials being met by the incumbent. This is a full-time, benefited, exempt, 12-month pay plan position in Athletics. This position is an Administrator III in the California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP). Under this plan, incumbents are subject to normal management reviews and serve at the pleasure of the University President. Additional information can be found at: http://www.calstate.edu/HRAdm/policies/mpp.shtml . This position comes with a premium benefits package that includes outstanding vacation, medical, dental, and vision plans, life insurance, voluntary pre-tax health and dependent care reimbursement accounts, a fee waiver education program, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and 14 paid holidays per year. Additional benefits information can be found at https://hraps.humboldt.edu/employee-benefits .

Position Summary: Working independently under the general direction of the President of the University and in collaboration with the University’s faculty, staff, administration, and local community, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreational Sports is responsible for the leadership, organization, and management of an 12-sport, NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics program, a robust recreational department that includes sixteen (16) competitive and (3) recreational sport club teams, the University's Student Recreation Center, Outdoor and aquatic adventure programming along with the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center. Thus, providing a quality educational experience and supporting success for student-athletes & students in the classroom and on the field, track, water and court. Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to providing equal opportunities to male and female students in all campus programs, including intercollegiate athletics. Cal Poly Humboldt is a full member of the California Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAA) and an associate member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). Lumberjack intercollegiate teams have earned many conference, region, and national championships over the years.

Key Responsibilities:

University Leadership & Engagement-15%
  • Provide leadership to an athletic department that shares the University’s commitment to student success, equity and inclusion, and community engagement.
  • Serve as a member of the President’s Administrative Team (PAT) and the President’s Cabinet. Develop constructive and collegial relationships with members of the PAT, and Cabinet.

Leadership of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports-80%
  • Participates in University-wide governance and committees.
  • Working to integrate intercollegiate athletics into the spectrum of academic life to complement the University and its mission in the community.
  • Working within the confines of all rules, regulations, guidelines, policies, and procedures of the athletics department and ensuring that those staff members within Employee’s charge do the same
  • Formulate and implement policies and practices including strategic planning, fundraising, and financial oversight of the overall budget.
  • Ensure a commitment to student-athlete well-being, academic success and engagement in the community.
  • Increase public awareness and support for intercollegiate athletic programs and student-athletes. Develop and maintain a high level of community interaction in support of Lumberjack Athletics and the University mission and vision.
  • Develops strong relationships with alumni to create lifelong ties with the Athletic Department and the University.
  • Work with student-athletes, coaches, parents, faculty, and leadership to resolve highly sensitive and difficult issues
  • Participate in national activities of the NCAA and provide leadership in that organization when appropriate.
  • Be accountable for all NCAA compliance regulations as well as ensuring students, coaches and administrators adhere to applicable conference and NCAA rules. Ensure implementation of NCAA compliance training.
  • Ensure that gender equity, diversity, and inclusion in all athletic programs and teams are compliant with NCAA, conference, and university policies that govern the program.
  • Develop and implement strategies to increase support for students from underrepresented racial/ethnic/first-generation backgrounds who participate in Athletics.
  • Advancing the efforts of the Department of Athletics and the University toward diversity and gender equity. Fully supporting and abiding by the CSU’s and University’s commitment to gender equity in education, including athletics, and full compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Fully supporting and abiding by the CSU’s and University’s commitment to maintain a working and learning environment where every student, employee, and community member is treated with dignity and respect. Fully supporting and complying with the University’s commitment to maintain a safe and healthy living and learning environment for everyone.
  • Working in close collaboration with the University Advancement team, develop and deliver a vigorous fund-raising program in support of Lumberjack Athletics and, where appropriate, other important programs of the University.
  • Nurture an effective administrative and coaching team in the athletic department and encourage professional growth, creativity and commitment in Athletic Department employees.
  • Provide leadership to evolve all components of club and recreational sports in collaboration with university leadership and campus partners to be a pathway to enhance the general student experience and university enrollment.
  • Provide a vision, strong leadership and direction for all facets of the Student Recreation Center (SRC), Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (HBAC) and the associate programs related to Outdoor and Aquatic adventure programming.
  • Responsible for competitive sports and recreational clubs members, leadership and determining the program’s future direction with a balance between the competitive and recreational focuses, including development of policies concerning all aspects
  • Identify safety and liability concerns and develop risk management plans and procedures for club and recreational practices, competitions, travel and other practices in conjunction with the University Risk Management office.
  • Oversight and management all aspects of departmental club sport and recreational sporting events
  • Oversight and management of scheduling needs of the club and recreational sport programs including practices, games, tournaments and championship events as necessary, as well as special events
  • Analyze and administer budgets associated with Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (HBAC), Club and Recreational Sports.
  • Maintaining Employee’s own university email, voice mail, and phone, at which they can be contacted directly or receive electronic and voice messages directly.
  • Accurately reporting all vacation and sick leave time and ensuring that those in Employee’s charge do the same

Other Duties-5%

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Associated with this Position Include:
  • Outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills;
  • Proven expertise in external revenue generation, fundraising and marketing skills, and community relations;
  • Strong fiscal management skills;
  • Ability to select and mentor talented coaches and administrative staff;
  • Thorough knowledge of NCAA rules, with ability to interpret and apply NCAA and CCAA regulations with integrity;
  • Ability to develop strong collaborations across the University and within the larger communities in the region;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; and
  • Strong public relations skills.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • At least 8 years of progressively responsible, related administration experience that includes; leadership and direct supervision of employees, fundraising and managing budgets;
  • Established record of administrative excellence, demonstrated comprehensive; understanding of intercollegiate athletics and sports management within higher education; and an understanding of the role of intercollegiate athletics at a state-supported institution that is preparing socially and environmentally responsible leaders to make a positive difference in the world;
  • Demonstrated commitment to a program of academic and athletic excellence;
  • Demonstrated successful fundraising experience;
  • A successful record of and commitment to promoting diversity and gender equality;
  • Demonstrated experience in brand marketing, public relations, and media exposure to develop corporate sponsorship opportunities that enhance Cal Poly Humboldt's brand and presence in the market;
  • A successful record of long-range planning in an organization.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree;
  • Demonstrated brand marketing, public relations, and media exposure to develop corporate sponsorship opportunities that enhance Cal Poly Humboldt's brand and presence in the market;
  • A successful record of long-range planning in an organization;

Application Procedure: To apply, qualified candidates must electronically submit the following materials by clicking the Apply Now button:
  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for at least three professional references

Application Deadline: This position is open until filled; applicants are encouraged to apply on or before March 24, 2023, in order to receive full consideration for this opportunity.

Any inquiries about this recruitment can be directed to careers@humboldt.edu or Cal Poly Humboldt’s Human Resources Office at (707) 826-3626.

Cal Poly Humboldt sits on the traditional homelands of the Wiyot people in what is currently called Arcata, CA. The Wiyot people call the area Goudi’ni (over in the woods). Cal Poly Humboldt was the first campus in the California State University system to offer a stand-alone major in Native American Studies.

Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

Working in the state of California is a condition of employment for this position. Even if part or all of an employee's assignment can be performed remotely, the employee must maintain a permanent residence in the state of California. The employee must be able to accept on-campus work assignment, as assigned, and come to campus when needed.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/ and questions may be sent to hr@campus.edu .

Cal Poly Humboldt hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. This position may be considered a “Campus Security Authority”, pursuant to the Clery Act, and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1107 a condition of employment.


Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) is required prior to the appointment date. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) is required for employment. Cal Poly Humboldt will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or if it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Failure to satisfactorily complete or adverse findings from a background check may affect the employment status of candidates or continued employment of current CSU employees who are being considered for the position.

This position is a “designated position” in the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.” In reference to the full disclosure letter, please refer to HR 2010-08.

Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Cal Poly Humboldt can be found at www.humboldt.edu.

Cal Poly Humboldt is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.

Class Code: 3306
Publication Date: March 7, 2023
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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